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Teens can use settings to let only friends see their profiles, but they can filter who can chat with them only by gender and age. What parents need to know: There are plenty of scantily clad teens here, too, and one profile for a "17-year-old" indicated she's actually 32.
Also, there are profiles with no pictures, so it's impossible to tell the user's age at all.
When you ask a couple how they met, it's pretty common for them to answer, "On the internet." So, it's no surprise that online dating has trickled down to teens.
Kik: Part text-messaging app, part social network, Kik gives users the opportunity to talk to both friends and strangers.
What parents need to know: You can log in to both Hot or Not and Badoo using email or Facebook.
If you sign up via email, you have to enter a birth date that indicates you're over 18, though there's no verification.
A few profiles had references to marijuana use, and many teens shared their handles for other social media platforms, making more personal information available to strangers.
Skout: The Skout app and site offer several ways to connect with other users, including "saying hi" via someone's profile, watching livestreams (or going live), chatting with people who have "liked" you back, or using the "Buzz" feature to access a feed of local users (that appears to be a Facebook feed) who are mostly posting selfies. What parents need to know: In its Safety Tips section, Skout claims to separate teens from adults so they can't interact, but that no longer seems to be the case.
What parents need to know: Though a list of safety tips pops up when you log in, there's a ton of mature content, an emphasis on meeting strangers, and various ways to spend money.